Former WITS Writer Publishes 5th Novel

Posted March 24, 2015 & filed under Event, Fiction, WITS People.

Need some literary plans this Friday night?  Join us for a fun, witty evening at Brazos Book Store to celebrate the publication of former WITS writer Katherine Center’s novel Happiness for Beginners.
Date:Mar 27th, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Brazos Book Store, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

Calling All Writers!

Posted July 8, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

yayWriters in the Schools (WITS) is now hiring part-time writers and educators who can share their passion for creative writing during the 2013-2014 school year. If you are interested, please complete our online applicationIn addition to the application, we ask that you include a cover letter, résumé with 3 references, and 10-page writing sample. Read more about the position hereApplications are due Monday, August 5, 2013

“Thank you, Writers in the Schools, for giving me the best job I ever had.”   -Katherine Center, former WITS writer and best-selling author

Invitation to Book Launch–The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

Posted May 3, 2013 & filed under Notebook.


In November of 2011 Writers in the Schools (WITS) honored best-selling novelist and former WITS writer Katherine Center with its Founders Award.  Katherine continues to be an important voice in Houston’s literary arts community, and we are thrilled by her success.

image001On Tuesday, May 7th, Katherine is having a book launch at 7 PM at Brazos Bookstore. Join all of us as we celebrate the publication of The Lost Husband, Katherine’s 4th novel.

Katherine is also doing a reading at the Blue Willow Bookshop next Thursday, May 9th at 7 pm.  We hope you will be able to attend one or both of these readings. Katherine is funny and full of memorable stories that you won’t want to miss!

Live, Laugh, Love with Allen Shamblin on November 3rd

Posted October 14, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) invites you to A Celebration of Story on November 3rd –  an evening of storytelling through music. Our featured performer, Allen Shamblin, is famous for penning chart-topping hits like Clay Walker’s “Live, Laugh, Love” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” He will be inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with country music superstars Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, John Bettis, and Thom Schuyler on October 16 in Nashville.

WITS will honor Katherine Center, best-selling novelist and former WITS writer for her influence on Houston’s literary arts community and for embodying the mission of WITS through her life’s work. Center’s work includes The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone is Beautiful, and Get Lucky.

Join us for an inspirational celebration of music, power, and story! Proceeds from the event will provide yearlong literacy programs for underserved students in schools, hospitals, community centers, parks, hospitals, and homeless shelters.

Click here to purchase tables and tickets or contact us at 713.523.3877. For more information about table and ticket sponsorships, click here.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support WITS, visit our donate page. The schedule for the evening includes:

6:00 PM VIP reception

7:00 PM Registration and silent auction

8:00 PM Dinner

8:30 PM Story songs by Allen Shamblin

Silent auction items include: United Airlines vacation getaway, Wii and PS3 gaming systems, sports memorabilia, gift certificates from t’afia, Alley Theatre, Benjy’s, Houston Ballet, and many others.

Original art donated by:

Joe Acker
Ian Anderson
Michael Arcieri 
Long Chu
Aaron Courtland
Michael Guidry
Rebecca Kveton
Van McFarland
Tami Merrick
Donna E. Perkins
Patrick Palmer
Nicola Parente
Liz Conces Spencer
Richard Varela
Wendy Wagner

and many others.


Poet Laureates

Pulitzer Prize Winners
H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Susman Godfrey, LLP
Wells Fargo

Newbery Medalists
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing / Lizzie and Scott Fletcher
Deborah Detering
Christina Gonzalez
King & Spalding
Karen McKibben Morris and The Honorable William Morris
Xavier Peña
Sysco Corporation
Vinson & Elkins LLP

NY Times Bestsellers
Bristow Group Inc.
CenterPoint Energy
Jenny and Jim Elkins Fund
Eva Geer
MaryScott Hagle and Daniel Kornberg / Antonia Day and George Helland
Julie and David Itz
Lenora Noroski & Fred Insulbuch
Marcia and Michael Nichols
Emily and James Blackwell / Michael Pipkin
Patricia Delaney and Warren Rawson
Josephine and The Honorable Bill Rice
Nancy and Ken Spitler
United Airlines
Ann and Benjamin Ziker / BHP Billiton


Greg P. Audel
Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune
Emily Pipkin Blackwell and James Blackwell
Stanley Chan
Carliss Chatman
Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland
Jennifer Langdon and Joe Crownover
Melanie Malinowski and Andy Cunningham
Robin and Tony Davidson
Lizzie and Scott Fletcher
Nancy and Joe Ford
Tina and Craig Freedman
Jennifer LeGrand Howard
Lenora Noroski and Frank Inselbuch
Karen Walrond and Marcus Jennings
Shelley and Alexander Kaplan
MaryScott Hagle and Daniel Kornburg
Jacqueline S. Martin
Karen McKibben Morris and The Honorable William Morris
Whitney Botsford Morgan
Isabel Cowles Murphy and Christopher Murphy
Marcia and Michael Nichols
Roberta Weldon and James Pipkin
Josie Edwards and Monica Pope
Patricia Delaney and Warren Rawson
Josephine and The Honorable Bill Rice
Dr. Roxanne Riefkohl
Susan and Tom Scotty
Ginya and Clayton Trier
Laurette Veres
Andrea Ferguson White and The Honorable Bill White


Xavier Peña, President
Christina Gonzalez, Vice President
Michael Pipkin, Treasurer
Garrick Malone, Secretary
Mark Cervenka
Brian S. Cheadle
Jane Creighton
David Francis
Beth McFarland Haag
Barry Hammond
Danielle Houston
Chanler Langham
Marcia Nichols
Amanda Martin Nicolo
Chris Porter
Sheleah Reed
Carolyn Rodz
Rachel Etheridge Solar
Julie Tran
Ann Ziker

You Are Beautiful Too: Katherine Center Reads on Thursday

Posted June 10, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Everyone is Beautiful

Katherine will read from and discuss her wonderful second novel, “Everyone is Beautiful.”

Katherine taught with Writers in the Schools (WITS)  for many years before she became famous. Click here to view a PSA she did for WITS. It’s awesome, and she’s awesome!

Who: Katherine Center

What: Reading, Q & A, and Book Signing

When: Thursday, June 11, 7:00 PM

Where: HPL Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston

Cost: Free


Katherine Center and Emily Fox Gordon Read Tonight at Discovery Green

Posted April 8, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Inprint Readings on the Green presents former WITS writer Katherine Center and Houston writer Emily Fox Gordon, who will both read from their latest work tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Discovery Green Park. Audience members are invited to a reception with the authors at The Lake House after the reading.


everyone-is-beautifulKatherine Center grew up in Houston and received an MA in Fiction from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Her first novel, The Bright Side of Disaster, received rave reviews in numerous publications, including People Magazine, USA Today, and Vanity Fair. BookPage named Katherine one of seven new writers to watch, and the paperback of Bright Side was a Breakout Title on special display at Target last spring. Katherine recently published an essay in Real Simple Family and has another essay forthcoming in the anthology Because I Love Her: 34 Top Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond. Katherine will read from her new novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, “a loving and hilarious portrayal of marriage,” according to Adriana Trigiani. Katherine has also participated in the WITS I Wish I’d Written That campaign, and you can click here to hear her read a poem by a WITS student.

it-will-come-to-meEmily Fox Gordon has published personal essays in Boulevard, Salmagundi, and The American Scholar, among other literary magazines. An essay about her hospitalization as a teenager at Austen Riggs formed the basis for her memoir Mockingbird Years (2000). Mockingbird Years was named a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as one of’s top ten memoirs for the year. It was subsequently translated into Hebrew and Chinese. Her second memoir, Are You Happy?, began, like its predecessor, as an essay. Her work has won two Pushcart Prizes and has been shortlisted in Best American Essays, and three of her essays were anthologized in the Anchor Essay Annual. Emily will read from her recently released first novel, It Will Come to Me, which Kirkus describes as “A well-observed and poignant exploration of middle aged angst.”

What: Reading, book sale, and signing
Date: Wednesday April 8, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney)
Cost: Free and open to the public